This Week in the Law Library …

Research Instruction

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

  • Prof. Oliver’s Lawyering II, Section 5
    • Electronic Resources & Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones will be working with section 5 on Administrative Law
    • 10:40 – 12:05pm
    • Room 100A
  • Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn: Legal Analytics
    • Associate Director Susan Boland and Lexis Representative Ashley Russell will demonstrate the legal analytic tools available to you, how they are being used in law firms, and how you can use them to prepare for job interviews and more.
    • 12:15pm – 1:15pm
    • Room 302
    • Lunch & Lexis points provided!
  • Advanced Legal Research
    • Associate Dean of Library Services & Director of the Law Library Michael Whiteman, Associate Director Susan Boland, and Electronic Resources & Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones
    • 3:05pm – 4:30pm
    • Room 100B

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

  • Prof. Oliver’s Lawyering II, Section 3
    • Electronic Resources & Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones will be working with section 3 on Administrative Law
    • 1:30pm- 2:55pm
    • Room 100A

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

  • Advanced Legal Research
    • Associate Dean of Library Services & Director of the Law Library Michael Whiteman, Associate Director Susan Boland, and Electronic Resources & Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones
    • 3:05pm – 4:30pm
    • Room 104

Featured Guide

Critical Race Theory Research


Critical Race Theory “questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law.” Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (1997). This guide will help you find resources on CRT.

Featured Database

HeinOnline: Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law


This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. Our cases go into the 20th century, because long after slavery was ended, there were still court cases based on issues emanating from slavery. To give one example, as late as 1901 Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had to decide if a man, both of whose parents had been slaves, could be the legitimate heir of his father, because under southern law, slaves could never be legally married. The library has hundreds of pamphlets and books written about slavery—defending it, attacking it or simply analyzing it. Hein has gathered every English-language legal commentary on slavery published before 1920, which includes many essays and articles in obscure, hard-to-find journals in the United States and elsewhere. Hein has also provided more than a thousand pamphlets and books on slavery from the 19th century. Additionally, this database provides word searchable access to all Congressional debates from the Continental Congress to 1880.

Featured Study Aids

Civil Rights Stories


  • This study aid provides students with a three-dimensional picture of the most important cases that are addressed in civil rights courses. These stories give the students and faculty members a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural background of the cases and an insight into their long-term impact on the development of civil rights law.
  • Available via the West Academic subscription


Understanding Civil Rights Litigation


  • This study aid covers all aspects of civil rights and constitutional litigation, including the history of civil rights legislation in the United States; the substantive elements of Section 1983 and Bivens causes of action; individual immunity defenses; governmental liability and immunity; procedural and jurisdictional hurdles; abstention; and remedies.
  • Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library (Overdrive subscription)

February is Black History Month

2020 marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave black men the right to vote after the Civil War. In keeping with this anniversary, this year’s theme for Black History Month is African Americans and the Vote. Be on the lookout for future blog posts and displays on this important theme.

UC College of Law & Campus Events Celebrating Black History Month

All Month

Law Library Display: African Americans & The Vote


  • Celebration of Sankofa: Reaching, Teaching and Advancing. UC’s African American Cultural and Resource Center’s (AACRC) tribute to Black History Month pays homage to Sankofa, one of the richest African principles. The events promise to celebrate ways of connecting back while teaching and advancing the UC and local black communities.
  • UC Libraries will profile African American leaders of the fight for civil and voting rights. Beginning with Sojourner Truth, former slave and abolitionist, and concluding with contemporaries Diane Nash, a key player in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Cincinnati’s Marian Spencer, a champion for Civil Rights both locally and nationally. The exhibit spans history into current times.
  • All month long, UC’s Department of Athletics will run a social media campaign where student-athletes identify and honor black athletes who have inspired them. Tune in throughout February to UC Athletics Twitter @GoBEARCATS and Facebook @GoBearcats.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020

  • “Let’s Go to Church at The Way Community Church”, sponsored by UC Black Women on the Move
    • 9:30am-11am
    • Academy of World Languages School, 2030 Fairfax Ave.
    • Church service at The Way Community Church with Pastor Geneva Miller, UC Black Women on the Move executive team member.

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

  • “Sip and Paint,” sponsored by Sisters Impacting Sisters and UC Black Women on the Move
    • 5:00pm-6:00pm
    • African American Cultural Resource Center
  • “Protect Our Black Women Against Human Trafficking”
    • Join campus women for a free self defense and education class to learn the signs, become more aware of surroundings and what to look for to protect yourself and others in a crisis. Professional instructors are provided by Girlfriendz Networking Group and Fully Loaded Dance Studio. A signed waiver is required.
    • 5:00pm-7:00pm
    • African American Cultural Resource Center
  • CCM Black Student Showcase, sponsored by CCM Black Student Association
    • The free hour long program is devoted to giving CCM’ black students and students of color a platform to perform selections personal to them. This year’s showcase features a segment on black women to further their significant musical achievements. Other segments will include works written by Donny Hathaway, Miles Davis and original pieces composed by CCM students.
    • 7:00pm-8:30pm
    • Watson Recital Hall, CCM

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

  • Black Owned Business Fair, sponsored by the Lindner Office of Inclusive Excellence in UC’s Carl. H Lindner College of Business
    • Come and chat with black-owned business owners who will be offering full time and part time positions, as well as paid internships. Business formal attire is suggested.
    • Noon-2:00pm
    • Carl H. Lindner College of Business Atrium
  • Women of UC Night Out at Women’s Basketball, Bearcats vs. Connecticut
    • Enjoy this ticketed event as UC Black Women on the Move join other women on and off campus to support UC’s Women’s Basketball Team.
    • 7:00pm
    • UC Fifth Third Arena

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

  • Black Feminist Symposium, “Battle Cry: Protect, Preserve & Persist”
    • A day-long conference dedicated to uplifting black scholarship and celebrating black voices through forums, panels and lectures led by UC students, staff, faculty and community members.
    • 9:00am-3:00pm
    • TUC 4th Floor
  • “Talking Black in America”
    • 5:30pm-7:30pm
    • Kresge Auditorium, UC Medical Sciences Building

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

  • Lunch & Learn- “Finding Your Voice” sponsored by UC Black Women on the Move
    • Noon-1:00pm
    • TBA
  • World Fest 2020 Opening Ceremony
    • Join the campus and community for food, fun and activities as students, staff and faculty of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds express, share and celebrate their cultural and ethnic heritages. The event is sponsored by UC’s Office of Ethnic Programs and Services.
    • 4:00pm-8:00pm
    • TUC Great Hall
  • “Strength in Numbers”
    • As an ode to the concept of strength in numbers, enjoy a reception featuring speeches and performances in celebration of the importance of the black community and the power in sticking together. Keynote speaker is Roosevelt Walker, MD. Event is hosted by the Student National Medical Association. Dress code is cocktail attire.
    • UC College of Medicine banquet
    • 6:00pm-8:00pm
    • UC Medical College, CARE/Crawley Atrium
  • “Cincinnati Experience” Bearcat Scholars Event
    • UC’s Office of Admissions will host a 2-day overnight “Cincinnati Experience” event for underrepresented minority students offered admission for Fall 2020. Incoming students invited to the the event will stay on UC’s Uptown campus from Friday to Sunday, enjoying tours, food and festivities.
    • 12:30pm
    • AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020

  • UC African Students Association Cultural Show
    • Celebrate African culture at a night filled with music, dancing and entertainment, hosted by the great King Paul. The event is sponsored by UCASA, Black Arts Collaborative and Worldfest.
    • 4:30pm
    • Dinner in TUC 400, show in TUC Great Hall
  • Sixth annual Onyx & Ruby Gala
    • One of the largest alumni-driven events for UC’s Alumni Association, the Onyx & Ruby Gala recognizes the achievements of UC African American alumni, faculty, staff and students. The 2020 master of ceremonies is Emmy Award winner Kerry Charles, a UC alum and FOX 5 Atlanta, anchor/reporter. Event is sponsored by UC’s Alumni Association.
    • 6:00pm
    • Kingsgate Hotel and Conference Center

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